Just like last year, we are going to share our personal garden updates so you can see “how our garden grows!”
So after sharing our garden planning downloads with you, we are now going to share step #1 update and an idea for your seedlings.
We used recycled cardboard egg cartons to start our seedlings! We also broke popsicle sticks in half to write the plant. You have to mark them as you will not be able to tell what you have! They all look so similar at this baby stage! 🙂
Just fill with your potting soil, plant your seeds, keep them moist and cover with a cover that acts like a greenhouse. As you can see, plastic wrap is all we used.
Once they sprout, you will want to move them under a grow light for the next several weeks until it is time to plant in the ground.
Three of our five trays have sprouted and so they are now under the lights!
By the way, the big tray on top is home to 72 marigold seedlings that we hope to use as natural pest control!
Last year, we made newspaper pots (see how to make these here), but this year, we recycled cardboard egg cartons to start our seedlings this time.
We are going to have quite the garden this year and you can see our full planting plan here, but this was all that we needed to start inside.
So for what we have growing right now inside:
- Tomatoes (2 types)
- Bell Peppers
Here’s some pictures of the cute babies that sprouted as of today! Aren’t they just so cute?
What do you use to start seedlings?
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This year I am trying to use as starter pots: 1) 5L water bottles 2) Cereal Containers from Kelloggs 3) Plant containers with soil which should allow for ease in moving multiple seedlings. 4 ) Hot Cross bun containers may also be an option.
So far my sunflowers have sprouted and are still to go outside into the space which I planned to place them. Some of my tomato seedlings have been shifted to a differently sized container to allow for the stems to develop more roots and for the plants to grow some more.
I am trying to sprout channa (about 24 I think,) and 3 bodi, they are both at the soaking stage and are vying with the sunflower seedlings for space in the yard. I have some corn seeds to see if I can start the sprouting process, but I may need to start creating an area to grow the corn, fertilise etc.
The wild grass which sprung up in part of the yard is a sort of free food which acts as a holder of soil, so I am hesitant to remove any of it, given that the plant appears to have disappeared from most of the regular areas where they were found in the past.
I am also trying to spout tumeric to see if I can plant some pieces to allow for some greenery to be used in the home in the hot months, this year. Thanks Jennifer